By Melvin Delgado
This booklet provides a complete and updated view on what's wrong with the legal health and wellbeing care method within the usa, the demanding situations dealing with prisons, and proposals for addressing matters and difficulties in correctional structures. as well as an summary of the most typical criminal overall healthiness care difficulties, this ebook offers a different evaluate of the desires of largely-overlooked felony populations, together with girls, humans of colour, and older adults.
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The impact of many of this nation’s policies and actions toward people of color internationally seriously undermines this nation’s claims of being a model democracy in the world. United States immigration detention facilities’ medical care is under serious scrutiny for its failings. These facilities often detain people of color and are another aspect of United States policies towards people from outside the country. Both houses of Congress have introduced the Detainee Basic Medical Care Act of 2008 to help ensure that detainees have basic medical services (ACLU, 2008).
For drug offenses, African American males were confined at a rate of thirty times that of white, non-Latino males. In addition, Latino youth were in custody in state public facilities on average 112 days more than white, non-Latino youth, and they had, on average, double the length of stay of non-Latino whites when admitted for a drug offense—306 days versus 144 days (Building Block for Youth, 2001). EDUCATIONAL STATUS The formal educational level of the nation’s prisoners, based on a 2003 report (Harlow, 2003), is considerably lower than that of the general population.
Unfortunately, the prime source of data on inmates historically and currently comes from government or government-sponsored reports. These reports essentially have de-racialized and sanitized data on the disproportionate number of inmates of color in the nation’s prisons. Results reported in these commissioned papers have done a disservice to the development of a better understanding of how social inequities have helped shape the profile of inmates and their health conditions. The Washington Post, in a 2005 editorial on Maryland’s racial disparities in prison as a result of drug-offense sentencing, raised this issue for public scrutiny as one that is national in scope.
Health and Health Care in the Nation's Prisons: Issues, Challenges, and Policies by Melvin Delgado